I recently shook myself out of a breakfast rut. On weekdays, I usually make oatmeal at my desk or eat this hash but I was getting tired of the same old things, especially with temperatures rising. Don't get me wrong, these recipes are absolutely delicious and good for you but hot breakfast hasn't really been doing it for me lately. This cherry pineapple ginger smoothie, however, has. It's also been keeping me from stopping at Jamba Juice on my way into work on the morning and being late!
Quick and easy are major key words on weekday mornings. So this cherry pineapple ginger smoothie plus two hard-boiled eggs has been my breakfast go-to for the last week. I prep for the week on Sundays and, last Sunday, I portioned out the cherries, pineapples, and ginger for each day in ziploc bags then stored them in the freezer. Then, I could just toss the contents of each bag in the blender with OJ and a handful of spinach each morning and go about my business. This cuts down smoothie making time from 6 minutes to two! No chopping, measuring, or fuss because who has time for all that on the way out the door to work?
How to Prep Smoothies for Easy Mornings
- Use zip-top bags.
- Pre-portion your ingredients.
- Freeze your ingredients.
- Setup your blender and cup the night before.
I also boil, peel, and bag up all the eggs at the beginning of the week. If you want to some protein and creaminess in this smoothie, just add in a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt before blending and you'll be good to go. You can add banana instead if you only want creaminess. You could also use coconut water in place of OJ. The flavor and color will be slightly different, though. These tropical green breakfast smoothies are a super filling option you might want to try as well.
Let's talk about the taste of this cherry pineapple ginger smoothie. It's good. Like...really good. The cherries provide a beautiful color as well as some tartness, which is balanced out by the sweet pineapple. The refreshing zing of ginger is perfect for kick-starting your morning, and a splash of orange juice helps meld everything together and add a vitamin C boost. Spinach is in there, too but you can taste or really even see it! There's no need to add any sweeteners to this magical mix. It's naturally sweet enough. I've been using frozen cherries from last year's massive cherry harvest but fresh ones are starting to pop up in grocery stores, too.
P.S. More meal prep ideas:
- Meal Prepping 101
- 2-Step Healthy Breakfast Cookies (vegan/gluten-free)
- Pumpkin Maple Baked Oatmeal
- Dark Chocolate Chai Baked Oatmeal (vegan)
- Spicy Chipotle Skillet Meal
- Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs in Marinara
An easy, naturally-sweet smoothie made with just five ingredients
- 1-1 ½ cup orange juice
- 1 handful spinach
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger peeled and minced
- 1 cup cherries pitted, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
- Add all ingredients, in the order listed, to a blender and pulse until smooth.
When using frozen fruit, I find it necessary to use up to 1 ½ cups of liquid in order to get a smooth consistency. When using fresh fruit, only 1 cup is needed.